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Early Childhood Provider Council

Early Childhood Provider Council

Children First is supporting the launch of the Early Childhood Provider Council. The Council will also work to ensure that racial equity is embedded in all aspects of quality improvement: the definition of quality, improvement supports, monitoring, and accountability.

The impetus for creating the Council came from a 2020-2021 research project that gathered input from more than 300 local early childhood providers, 16 quality improvement organizations, and the city’s early childhood funders and developed recommendations to strengthen quality improvement efforts in Philadelphia. The creation of an Early Childhood Provider Council is at the heart of the recommendations.


  1. Create a shared definition of program quality for Philadelphia providers.
  2. Identify solutions that address the policy and operational systems gaps found in the Philadelphia’s Early Learning Community Speaks Out: An Action Plan for Quality Improvement report.
  3. Create an organization model that will ensure that the Council remains diverse, representative of all provider types, and becomes self-sustaining over time.
  4. Give input and guidance into the design and operation of the quality improvement systems contracted by the state and city.


  • 90% female, 10% male
  • Over 90% are providers of color, 80% Black/African American, 6% White, 6% Latino/Hispanic, 4% Asian, 2% mixed race, 2% Black/African-American, White/Caucasian, Latino or Hispanic


STAR 4 20 40%
STAR 2 10 20%
STAR 3 9 18%
STAR 1 6 12%
N/A 3 6%
STAR 2-4 * 1 2%
START 3-4 * 1 2%
Grand Total 50 100%
* multisite program


Center-Based Programs 66%
Family-Based Programs 26%
Group Family-Based Programs 6%
School-Based Programs 2%


  • All types of funding streams are represented:
    • PHL-prek
    • Pre-K Counts
    • Child Care
    • Head Start
  • Geographic breakdown (see map below)


First Name Last Name Role Childcare Program/ Organization Name Zip Code Program Type Star Level
Abiguel McMillan Teacher, Director, Owner Abiguel’s Beloved Family Child Care 19150 Family Star 2
Kia Douglass Director, Owner Acclaim Academy 19144 Center Star 4
Anna Mae Guille Teacher, Director, Owner Anna Mae Guille FCCH 19135 Family Star 4
Diane Gardner Director, Owner Aunt Di’s Child Care Services 19120 Family Star 4
Mercedes Fleet Teacher, Director, Owner Bright Little Scholars 19036 Group Star 2
Ebony Baggett Director, Owner Bright Minds Bright Beginnings 19132 Center Star 3
Sharon Woodley Other Brightside Academy Multi Center Star 3-4
Aliya Johnson-Roberts Director, Owner Bustleton Learning Center 19149 Center Star 4
Eddy Sacksith Program Administrator Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia 19148 Center Star 4
Natrice Johnson Teacher, Owner Candy’s Kids Learning Academy, LLC 19132 Family Star 4
Suany Sufran Owner Child time learning daycare 18104 Family Star 2
Valerie Hamilton Director, Owner Children of God Educational Services 19007 Center Star 3
Samantha Rodriguez Director Children Playhouse Newbold 19145 Center Star 3
Sim Loh Other Children Village 19106 Center Star 4
Taneema Fannings Teacher, Director, Owner Christ Like Childcare Center 19140 Family Star 1
Marlo King Director, Owner Cuddles-N-Care Daycare Center 19118 Center Star 2
Thomasina Lee Owner Different Expectations Educational Services 19140 Family Star 3
Dana Hutchins Director Divine Light Academic Preschool 19139 Group Star 4
Shineal Hunter Director Family Circle Academy 19120 Family Star 2
Minnette Taylor Director, Owner G & T Daycare, Montessori Program 19116 Family Star 4
Stefanie Adorno Director, Owner Grace Kids Academy 19124 Center Star 3
Unis Bey Director, Owner Grays Ferry Early Learning Academy 19146 Center Star 4
Anthony Guildford Other Greater Philadelphia YMCA 19428 Group n/a
Shandai Moore-Jenkins Director Heavenly Hall Day Care Learning Center 19104 Center Star 2
Charles Coe Owner Incredible Kids Learning Center, Inc. 19111 Center Star 4
shynell pearsall Teacher, Director, Owner Infinity Childcare Center 19140 Center Star 3
Aaliyah Holloway Teacher Kiddie Prep Academy 19139 Center Star 4
Keshia Kenner-English Teacher, Director, Owner Learning My Way Montessori 19144 Center Star 1
Khadijah Sabir Other Lovie Lee’s Stars of Tomorrow 19126 Center Star 4
Micah Wilson Director Multicultural Education Station/Horizons 19149 Center Star 1
Naeemah Suluki Teacher, Director, Owner Naeemah Suluki 19050 Family Star 3
Omari Baye Other People’s Emergency Center 19144 Center n/a
Aminah Hawkins Director, Owner Scholarly Minds Academy LLC 19151 Center Star 4
Tarrell Davis Director Settlement Music School/Kaleidoscope 19147 Center Star 4
Sharon Polk Teacher, Director, Owner Sharon’s After school& Summer camp LLC 19121 Center Star 1
Barbara Chavous-Pennock Owner Somerset Academy Early Learning Center 19123 Center Star 3
Felicia Powell Owner Taylor’s Learning Academy Inc. 19104 Center Star 3
Nicole Regalbuto Teacher, Director The Avenue’s Child Care 19148 Center Star 1
Regina Newman Teacher, Owner The Hearts Of K’s Academy 19140 Family Star 1
Stephanye Madalion Other The School District of Philadelphia / Bright Futures PreK Program 19130 School n/a
Kym Ramsey Owner The Willow School 19462 Center Star 4
Tiffany Tucker Teacher, Owner Tiffany’s Grow And Glow Family Childcare 19139 Family Star 2
Leslie Watkins Owner Tre’s Tiny Town Day Care 19104 Family Star 4
Angela Huc Director, Owner TYL II Inc. 19139 Center Star 4
Joyce Wescott Owner Wescott’s FOV 19140 Center Star 4
Chanda Jones Teacher, Director, Owner Westview Early Learning Academy 19082 Center Star 2
Stephen Cotilus Other Wonderspring Early Learning 19072 Center Star 2-4
Elsa Stuckman Teacher Woodland Academy 19143 Center Star 4
Robyn Younger Director, Owner Younger Days Childcare and Youth Development Center, LLC 19150 Center Star 2
Angelique Maury Director YSI-Baring House 19104 Center Star 2